Human Powered Water Purification Island
A unique installation at the Synchronicity architectural and arts festival in Warsaw, Poland provides purified water in exchange for some exercise.
A unique installation at the Synchronicity architectural and arts festival in Warsaw, Poland provides purified water in exchange for some exercise. Designer Jakub SzczÄsny, a member of the design collective Centrala created the floating ‘island’ which is fitted with exercise machines connected to a water pump and purifier. The island was floated out on the local Vistula River but was designed to be relocatable. Besides being a clever solution to providing fresh water, Jakub also wanted to make a social statement with the installation about empowering people to affect positive change.
The whole installation is supposed to perform a role of a propaganda tool changing the consciousness of Warsawers by showing the efficiency of human action in the process of purifying the waters of their river. What’s meaningful is the fact that many Poles, even after twenty years of liberalization, still don’t believe in their own potential as individuals or members of communities, in positively changing their environment.
This may have been conceived for a festival, but it doesn’t take much to imagine these islands installed on waterfront parks and near coastal communities desperate for clean water.